Charlotte Edwards Cup: Wins for Central Sparks, Southern Vipers, South East Stars and Lightning

Amy Jones
Amy Jones had made scores of 52 and 40 in her two previous innings in this year’s Charlotte Edwards Cup

Central Sparks and Southern Vipers maintained their 100% records in the Charlotte Edwards Cup by each recording their third successive win.

England wicketkeeper Amy Jones hit 80 as the Sparks eased to a 24-run win over winless Sunrisers.

The Vipers were made to work hard by Northern Diamonds, defending their 126 all out to win by 11 runs.

Elsewhere, Lightning beat Thunder for their first win of the competition and South East Stars saw off Western Storm.

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England players to the fore for Sparks and Vipers

Central Sparks and Southern Vipers went into round three boasting the only unbeaten records in the 20-over competition and further victories puts both in a strong position at the top of their respective groups at the halfway stage.

Jones was the dominant figure in her side’s victory over Sunrisers, hitting six sixes and six fours in her 49-ball innings to propel the Sparks to 153-5.

Naomi Dattani struck 51 in Sunrisers’ reply but they were always behind in their run chase from the moment openers Grace Scrivens and Cordelia Griffith were dismissed off successive balls to leave them 43-2 after 6.1 overs.

Leg-spinner Sarah Glenn took 2-14 for Sparks, while Grace Potts, Emily Arlott and Hannah Baker also each took two wickets.

Vipers looked set to post a big total batting first against Northern Diamonds, reaching 104-4 in the 15th over and with England batter Danni Wyatt going well.

But once she was dismissed for 48 off 43 balls the Vipers collapsed to 126 all out, with leg-spinner Katie Levick taking 5-15.

Despite an opening stand of 49 between Bess Heath and Sterre Kalis, the Diamonds’ reply lost momentum.

When Heath was third out for 51 off 44 balls, Diamonds needed 42 off 35 balls. But they found scoring difficult off Georgia Adams (2-9), Anya Shrubsole (1-15) and Nancy Harman (1-13) as they fell short on 115-7.

Cranstone continues fine form for Stars

Aylish Cranstone
Aylish Cranstone also hit an unbeaten 56 in the Stars’ six-wicket win over Sunrisers

Lightning began their game with Thunder as one of only two sides without a win so far but put themselves back in contention for second place in their group after an impressive run chase.

Openers Georgie Boyce (71) and Emma Lamb (56) were central to Thunder’s 152-5 after putting on 130 for the first wicket.

However, their total was arguably not as big as it could have been as Piepa Cleary checked their momentum with 3-34.

Alex Hartley’s economical 1-13 off her four overs was the pick of the Thunder bowling but she was outshone by former England team-mate Tammy Beaumont, who led the Lightning reply with 59 off 38 balls.

Kathryn Bryce (29) and Ella Claridge (24) also scored at better than a run a ball as Lightning reached their target with seven balls to spare.

Earlier on Saturday, Aylish Cranstone and Kalea Moore both hit half-centuries as South East Stars cruised to a seven-wicket over Western Storm.

Georgia Hennessy (50) and England captain Heather Knight (35) put on 81 for the first wicket in Storm’s 145-6.

Claire Nicholas removed Bryony Smith and Alice Capsey in successive balls to leave the Stars struggling on 24-2.

But Cranstone hit 66 and Moore 57, and they put on 108 for the fourth wicket as Stars sailed to their target.

The pair came together in the seventh over with the score on 40-3 but combined to take the game away from Storm, who have lost two of their opening three matches.

Cranstone brought up her second half-century of the competition off 43 balls, while Moore was equally fluent in reaching 50 off 45 deliveries.

Fittingly, it was Cranstone who sealed Stars’ second victory of the group stage when she dispatched Hennessy to the boundary with six balls remaining.

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